Collection by Luke Hopping

How the Eames Lounge and 6 Other Classic Pieces of Furniture Came to Be


Late night revelry? An air force leg splint? The origin stories behind these seven instantly recognizable pieces will blow you away.

The smooth curves of molded plywood on the Eames Lounge and Ottoman were unprecedented in furniture design at the time.
An early paper prototype of the Zig Zag chair.
A Nelson Ball Clock and subway sign decorate one hallway.
A photograph by Phil Schaafsma highlights the ergonomic design of the chair.
The iconic table that bears Isamu Noguchi's name was almost attributed to another designer, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.
A thin layer of hardwood is applied to the flat surfaces, providing the cardboard-constructed furniture with enough...
A Saarinen dining table and Tulip chairs for Knoll sit in the front of the living/dining room, with a wide view to the...